Malcom: 'Neymar's my hero'

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Bordeaux star Malcom hailed Neymar as his hero after coming into close contact with his fellow Brazilian at the Parc des Princes a fortnight ago. Malcom also revealed his World Cup ambitions…

Neymar's PSG and Malcom's Bordeaux were both undefeated coming into the match and, naturally, both sets of fans were in confident mood, galvanised by their respective Brazilian stars, their every move tracked by The Ligue 1 Show on beIN Sports. A Bordeaux fan said: "Malcom's been unstoppable this season. I think he'll inspire us to victory again tonight."

A PSG fan countered: "There's no comparison! Neymar's on a totally different level, he's already proved his worth. I think he'll outshine Malcom easily."

For Bordeaux to achieve something in the capital, the travelling fans knew they needed Malcom to shine: "He's an excellent player! We haven't had a player of Malcom's calibre at Bordeaux in a long time. I hope he'll do the business, and score a thunderbolt in the 89th minute for the win, that would be nice!"

Neymar does the business

As predicted by PSG's fans, it was Neymar who shone first in his own back yard. After Kylian Mbappe was brought down, the world’s most expensive player stood over the free-kick and curled in an unstoppable effort.
Beaten goalkeeper Benoît Costil conceded: "He's been impressing for several years already, it's not like we discovered Neymar's talent today. It was anything but a surprise!"

Not content with his stunning opening goal, Neymar played Edinson Cavani in just 10 minutes later. The hug that followed was one the Parc des Princes had been waiting for.

Malcom though, like his team-mates, struggled to get on the ball and the frustration began to show. Malcom said: "It's so tough when you play against the world's best." Bordeaux coach Jocelyn Gourvennec added: "He took a bit of time to get up and running, but he found his rhythm eventually."

Not before Neymar had scored PSG's fourth from the spot though. Neymar was winning his Brazilian duel hands down. Not that the real experts were surprised. Malcom, after all, is still learning his trade.

Colin Vieira, of TV Globo, said: "He's no Neymar, that's for sure, but he has a big following in Brazil, he is creating quite a buzz back home."

Gourvennec added: "Please don't compare them. Malcom's still very young, he's just starting out, whereas Neymar's won almost everything already."

Malcom matches Neymar from the spot

There was yet more frustration for Malcom after the break as Kylian Mbappé netted a sixth Parisian goal, his first at the Parc des Princes.But Bordeaux never gave up and Malcom managed to get on the scoresheet with a penalty. The perfect spot-kick was his fourth goal of the season, and just reward for his valiant efforts in a humbling 6-2 loss.

Malcom commented: "It's a pleasure to face Neymar. He's my hero. I played well but he was just too good, as always. We have to keep working to do better next time."

Family selfie and World Cup ambitions

And while the Parisians celebrated victory, Neymar and Malcom were spotted deep in conversation, before heading for the stands.

"I asked him to come over for a selfie with my family," said Malcom. "My mum and grandmother were there. He was humble enough to do so, it was a great moment for my family, and for me too!"

Neymar then left Malcom’s side to jet off to Brazil and join up with his international colleagues. It's a trip he might soon be making with his new friend from Bordeaux.

Marquinhos, who captained Brazil in their final World Cup qualifier, said: "I was aware of him in Brazil. I knew he was a talented player, a special player, capable of making the difference in a game."

Vieira added: "I'm sure he will be in the Brazilian national team soon. He will be in the starting XI by the World Cup in Russia."

And Malcom is ambitious: "It's my dream to play in a World Cup! I will keep working, so who knows what the future holds."



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